I have been making my own soap and hand cream for a while now, for many reasons; I like to make stuff, it is much cheaper and I know what is in it. Today I thought I would try making my own deodorant. Deodorant has a lot of chemicals in it and is really not that good for your body, but when you work in a place filled with people it is expected that you at least try to keep your odour to a minimum. I am a particularly sweaty person; I seem to spend all summer in a damp state. A more natural recipe might be the answer to avoiding all the chemicals and still staying semi socially acceptable. There are many recipes for making deodorant pastes out there;
and many more.
Since they all share some ingredients in common, I thought I would go with my own version, that is mostly like all the others (of course).
My first deodorant recipe
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup bees wax
1 tablespoon shea butter
1 tablespoon mango butter
1 tablespoon cocoa butter
1 tablespoon activated charcoal
1 tablespoon bentonite clay
2 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda
I forgot to add fragrance to my first batch, and I added it to the container just a little bit too soon and it was still very liquid. It ran out the bottom of the wind-up device on my container just a little and this made it hard to get winding started when it had hardened.
I am impressed with it’s action, I can go all day without having to reapply. Also the black colour and oils don’t seem to get onto my clothes, which is a big bonus. I will put essential oils in the next batch, but for now…unscented is doing the trick.